Memory Man : Amos Decker

  • by David Baldacci
  • Narrated by Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Series: Amos Decker
  • 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The next novel from the best-selling crime author David Baldacci. Amos Decker is a former professional football player whose career was ended by a terrible hit. Now a police detective, Amos is still haunted by a side effect from the accident he can never forget.
One night Decker comes home from a stakeout to find his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law horrifically murdered. Obviously scarred and nearly broken, Decker has to use his skills as a detective and his unusual brain capacity to try to catch the monster who killed his family.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Memory Man is the latest release from best-selling crime author David Baldacci and is a hair-raising unabridged crime thriller audiobook narrated by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy. Listeners are kept hanging on to every word as Amos Decker, once professional football player now police detective, embarks on a mission using a very unique gift and exceptional detective skills to find the person responsible for brutally murdering his family. The twisting plot in this audio makes it utterly absorbing. Listeners will be searching for clues as much as Decker himself. Available from Audible now.

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Memory Man means he's done it again

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I definitely would once again David Baldacci has created a really extraordinary set of characters in this book which I hope is only the first in a series.The plot is well done. The central character is unusual and totally engaging. The whole book is well written and gripping.I am an avid fan of his Camel Club series, Will Robbie books and the Puller series and it appears that once again he has found the magic which seems to drip from his pen.


What other book might you compare Memory Man to, and why?

I compare this book to a Jack Reacher book. In some obvious ways the central characters have some similar traits but this man is more solitary


What does Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I love this duo reading style. The readers are an essential part of any audio book, make the wrong choice and a book can be ruined but these two are perfect in my opinion.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think the most moving part of the book is when Capt Miller comes to Amos's room while he is trying to decide if he should commit suicide. His straight talking is touching but unsentimental


Any additional comments?

I am waiting eagerly for more books from this author generally and in this series particularly.

This is a fabulous read

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- Mrs. S. A. Lynch

Memory Man is Fairly Memorable!

A new lead for Baldacci sees Amos Decker, a savant not from birth but from an horrendous incident in an American Football game tackle a case that had defined his personal life. Decker is fascinating drawing inspiration from a mix of the likes of Jack Reacher and possibly the world of Keifer Sutherland’s TV Series “Touch”. He is a damaged individual who sounds hard to like as he struggles against: depression, his near-unique condition of perfect recall which proves to be both a blessing and a curse and tragedy in his personal life. He is surrounded by characters of reasonable depth as the story develops.

The plot itself is fairly complex and develops at a steady pace and is most strongly focused on the detail of the investigation itself. The dual narration from Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy is decent enough but suffers from some minor production problems. McLarty sets the opening scene superbly but seemed to struggle with the more descriptive parts particularly as Decker’s condition was regularly covered to the point of over-repetition. It was definitely a good idea to have Cassidy’s assistance with the female characters but the production had McLarty’s voice on multiple levels and the female voices almost sounded like they were condensed, similar to listening over a phone line at times. The brief moments of musical backing worked well to my taste though and the production problems won’t be a great problem to most of us.

I am going to stick with this series because it’s a decent premise and Baldacci writes a good story. I didn’t think it was perfect and yes Decker is just another in a long line of damaged detectives but it is damaged in a very different way to the norm. A memory with perfect recall is something I am sure that many of us would be only too happy to have but the book quite convincingly shows how much of a curse it could be too. The detailed plot and investigations made for interesting listening.

In summary well worth considering.
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- Simon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-04-2015
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.